Matthew Butler

Matthew Butler’s practice spans sustainable product design, photography (design / portrait), and fine art / printmaking often extending into interactive social events to support a new model of engagement for social / ethical / sustainable  design.

For the last 7 years, Matthew has collaborated with artistic communities in India, Argentina, Japan, Canada, Sweden, Germany, Korea, and throughout Australia. Matthew has recently been working in Cambodia for 12 months running village based social design projects for a local NGO and was invited to the SANGAM conference on ethical design in Delhi, India.

Matthew Butler started his career as studio manager for designer Tom Dixon in London and has been featured in the New York Times and many international art / design publications. He has participated in over 100 exhibitions including the Milan Furniture Fair, Tokyo Design Festival and Maison and Objet in Paris. His work has been collected by the Eames Office in Los Angeles and Powerhouse Design Museum in Sydney. In 2000, Matthew designed the furniture for the Sydney Olympic Games Athletes Village currently still manufactured by Matthew's furniture label, Bluesquare.

In addition to Matthew Butler's skills as a designer, he is also a social entrepreneur founding and managing innovative businesses that have pioneered the use of social and sustainable products and business practices in Australia. Matthew's Zaishu product and brand in partnership with creative director Helen Punton has been internationally regarded as a success story and best practice example for social and environmental responsibility in design and business.

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